I looked critically at the carpet, shaking my head. “You know, the Henry just isn’t up to the snuff anymore. Perhaps we need a different vacuum cleaner.”

A heavy sigh emanated from the under-stairs cupboard. Was one of the cats in there? A glance told me not.

“What about a Dyson? They’re supposed to be excellent. And, no wires to worry about.”

“Humph!” came from the cupboard, before the Henry trundled out. “Some of us have feelings you know. I have sinus problems. Ever thought of changing my bag?”

“But…What? You…” I stuttered. “I need a glass of wine.”

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1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Glad to oblige!

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
1 year ago

Poor Henry, being blamed while all the while they didn’t change his bag! Your story made me smile. I had trouble with our vacuum cleaner until my husband told me it was time to clean the bag so I can totally relate! Good story, Carrie!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Honestly, Linda, I don’t have a vacuum cleaner at all. We don’t need it in our very simple bamboo nipa hut. So I need to re-read it thrice and do some research about Henry and Dyson, then I found out that the story is all about the vacuum cleaner and Henry and Dyson is a brand name of a vacuum. Poor little me 🙂

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

Really? Then Hetty was a nice name and cute. If God will give me a new baby girl, I will call her Hetty.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

This is a true story Lotchie. When the first vacuum cleaner was invented, a salesman goes into the less populated area, hoping to make more sales. He’s invited into the house to show off his new machine, that he claims is the wonder of all wonders – Let me show you how it works. Smiling, he empties a dust bag all over the carpet. The women gasps. Don’t worry he says reassuringly, then asks where the electricity plug is? To which the lady replies – we don’t have electricity ?!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Radcliffe

Hahahahaha  ?   ?   ?  poor lady. Then her carpet now is full of dust. And the seller is funny. hahahah lol. He should ask first if the client has electricity before putting all the dust on the carpet.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Lotchie, don’t worry I’m the vacuum in our house, that is why there is an extra ”U” in the word vacuum!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago
Reply to  Eric Radcliffe

hehehehehe. Eric, your family is very much happy because of that. No vacuum cleaner means energy-saving and fewer expenses.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

Oh I do love a ‘Henry’, always suspected there was a real character behind that happy face. Great job bringing a vacuum cleaner to life Carrie, inspirational!

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

I loved everything about this story – the subtle reference to Asimov, the humor, learning that in England you give your vacuum cleaners names. Henry is so much better than Electrolux! I especially enjoyed Eric’s story to Lotchie about the salesman, the dirt and the electricity. Much laughter from one story!!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

This is a wonderful fun story Carrie. I love the thought that everyone can laugh, join in the story relating it to their own experiences. When I read the comments, it seems to me that the comments take the form of roads we walk, as we read, meeting friends along the way, can stop to chat, laugh, and then move on.

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
1 year ago

A very unique story, and also quite funny ? . Great writing!

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